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As California burns, the winds arrive and the lights go out

California’s largest utility shut off power to 172,000 customers to guard against its power lines and other equipment sparking wildfires. High winds are forecast for the next two days, and fire danger is high throughout wildfire-ravaged California. It was a scorching Labor Day weekend that saw several major wildfires break out in different parts of the state.

Saudi court issues final verdicts in Khashoggi killing amid criticism

Saudi Arabia’s state television says final verdicts were issued in the case of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi after his son announced pardons that spared five from execution. The court issued final verdicts against eight people, ordering a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the five. The trial was widely criticized – no senior officials nor anyone suspected of ordering the killing was found guilty. The killing cast a pall over Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has denied involvement.

Russia’s Alexei Navalny out of coma, is responsive in Berlin

Poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s condition has improved, allowing doctors to take him out of an induced coma, the German hospital treating him said. German experts say Navalny, who fell ill on a domestic flight in Russia, was poisoned with a substance belonging to the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok. The German government last week demanded that Russia investigate the case.

Prince Harry repays taxpayer money for UK home renovation

Prince Harry has repaid 2.4 million pounds ($3.2 million) in British taxpayers’ money that was used to renovate the home in Windsor intended for him and his wife Meghan before they gave up royal duties. Harry and his wife agreed to pay back the money when they quit as senior working royals. They recently bought a house in Santa Barbara, California, and announced a deal with Netflix to produce films and TV series.

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